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There is still time

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FOLLOWING the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report this month, Fijian climate change activist and Pacific spokesperson Fenton Lutunatabua has called on large developed nations to take action now and begin using renewable energy.

The IPCC report was launched on April 13 in Berlin and Mr Lutunatabua, in response, said it detailed that a change in attitude by larger nations was paramount.

"The latest IPCC report shows that there is still a chance to save our homes, but only if Australia and the rest of the world take ambitious action to switch from dirty fossil fuels to a renewable energy system," Mr Lutunatabua observed.

"Everything we have and are is at threat from climate change. Most terrifying is the threat of losing our islands to sea level rise."

He said villages were already being relocated because of climate change impacts.

"Many of us are coastal peoples, and the sea level rise we have seen in recent decades has been enough to put hundreds of villages around the Pacific on a knife-edge.

"Unless we stop polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gasses, and rapidly phase out fossil fuels, then it becomes entire islands that we will lose."

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